Mid-major university, small college feel, BIG opportunities

By Jim Tressel, President

To all YSU students – welcome to Youngstown State University.

For returning students, after a summer that hopefully was filled with lots of rewarding experiences and even some fun, welcome back to campus for another academic year filled with opportunity.

For new students, welcome to your freshman year as YSU Penguins and the start of a journey that will help you learn, grow and prepare for your career and your life ahead.

YSU has assembled for you a talented group of faculty who are national and international experts in their disciplines; a support staff dedicated to your success; classrooms, laboratories and other facilities that are among the best at any university in the region; recreational programs to keep you healthy and running at full speed; and an array of nationally-accredited academic programs focused on preparing you for a successful career.

For those of you who have experienced orientation or one of our Crash Days or one of our many other recruiting and admissions programs, you’ve heard this a lot – get involved.

The research is very clear on this – students who get involved on campus, from participation in a student organization or getting a campus job, perform at a higher level in the classroom, are more successful academically and are more likely to earn their diploma on schedule.

Attend a sporting event at Stambaugh Stadium or Beeghly Center, go to a play in Ford Theater in Bliss Hall, work out at the rec center, attend a lecture in Stambaugh Auditorium, team up with a faculty member to do research, join a fraternity or sorority – the list of ways to get involved goes on and on.

You are encouraged to take full advantage of these and the many other resources that come with being a YSU student. We like to say that we are a mid-major university, with a small college feel and BIG opportunities.

Again, welcome to the Fall semester. Work hard. Be focused. Good luck. And Go Penguins!